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Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Could red cell distribution width and mean platelet volume be a predictor for lumbar disc hernias?

DAGISTAN Yasar, DAGISTAN Emine, GEZICI Riza Ali, HALICIOGLU Sıdıka, AKAR Semih, ÖZKAN Nezih, AKTAS Gulali

Background - Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) causes major disabilities worldwide. Several studies in the literature had reported the correlation between radiculopathy and inflammatory markers. Mean platelet volume (MPV), red cell distribution width (RDW) and neutrophil to lymphocyte (N/L) ratio are parameters of hemogram which have been found to be associated with inflammatory conditions. Purpose - Since inflammation has an important role in lumbar disc hernias, and RDW, MPV and N/L ratio are also known to be in correlation with inflammation, we have investigated these parameters of the patients with lumbar disc hernias and compared them with the results of the healthy subjects. Methods - Our study group was composed of patients with lumbar disc hernia, whereas the control group was consisted of healthy volunteers whom visited our outpatient clinics for a routine check-up. Patient characteristics and hemogram parameters of the study cohort were obtained from computerized database system of our institution. SPSS software (SPSS 15.0 for Windows, Chicago, IL, USA) was used for the analysis. Results - There was no significant difference between study and control groups in terms of WBC, neutrophil count, lymphocyte count, neu\lym ratio, Hb, Htc, MCV, and PLT levels (all p>0.05). RDW was significantly increased in study group [15.6 (12.3-22.5)] when compared to control group [14.5(11.9-16.3)] (p=0.004). And MPV in the study group [9.25 (6.38-14.5)] was also significantly increased in comparison to the control subjects [8.8 (6-10.1)] (p=0.013). Discussion - In this retrospective study, we found that, RDW and MPV values in hemograms were increased in patients with lumbar disc herniation when compared to the control group. Conclusions - We suggest that, elevated RDW and MPV may help physicians in decision taking to order radiological imagings in patients with symptoms which can be associated with possible LDH diagnosis. However, for the sake of precision, prospective studies with larger populations are needed.

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2015

[Incisional hernia and diabetes. Could we improve the results?]

MARTIS Gábor, DAMJANOVICH László

[GOALS - Diabetes mellitus is considered as a risk factor concerning surgical interventions as well. Connection between incisional abdominal hernias and diabetes mellitus were investigated in this prospective four years study. The primary aim was to evaluate the proportion of recurrencies, the secondary aim was determining the ratio of surgical complications in the investigated two groups (Group I: non diabetic, group II: diabetic patients). PATIENTS AND METHOD - The results of the incisional and abdominal hernia operations performed between 01. 01. 2011. and 31. 12. 2014. were investigated. Data for study was gained from the consecutively and obligatorily registered database of the authors’ institution. The type of reconstruction, elective or acute character of surgery, primary or recidive operation, the patients’ body mass index (BMI), as well as among complications the seroma and fistula formations, the reoperations and postoperative infections were registered. Patients with type I and type II diabetes mellitus were not differentiated. The HgbA1c was investigated separately in elective and acute operations. RESULTS - There were 56 (8.94%) diabetic patients (39 male, 17 women, avr. age 54.3 years) out of all 626 patients operated on incisional and/or abdominals wall hernias. Total recurrency rate was 19.6% during the average 32 months (6-66 months) follow-up period. The recurrency rate in diabetic patients was 50.0% (48.7% in women, 52.9% in men). Non-diabetic patients’ recurrency ratio were only 8.3% (11.2% and 5.4% in men and women, respectively). Median BMI is significantly higher in patients with diabetes than in those of non diabetics (35.4kg/m2 vs 27.75kg/2). Ratio of the elective and acute operations were 69.6% and 28.6%, respectively. The most frequently used operations technique was the direct transversal abdominal wall suture (14.3%) and the direct suture plus synthetic mesh implantation (64.3%). Eleven (19.7%) diabetic patients with incisional hernia were reconstructed with a so-called autologous tension free dermal flap. In 2 (18.2%) out of 11 patients were registered recurrency. Seroma and haematoma formation was occured in four patient (36.4%) and in one (9.1%), respectively after dermal flap reconstructions. Mean recurrency time after surgery in non-diabetic and in diabetic patients was 12.3 months and 9.2 months, respectively. The average HgbA1c level was significantly higher (8.1% in electively operated patients than in those acutly operated ones (9.8%). There were two lethal (0.36%) postoperative complications in this study. CONCLUSION - Considering the recurrency ratio of the incisional hernias and the postoperative complications, diabetes mellitus is a significant risk factor compared the data to non-diabetic patients. Seroma and haematoma formations, postoperative complications ratio are significantly higher in patients with diabetes than in those of non-diabetic. Appearance of recurrencies require significantly shorter time in patients with diabetes mellitus The rate of recidive and postoperative complication after the autolog, dermal, traction free abdominal wall reconstructions made by authors was lower, than in abdominal hernias reconstructed in other ways (direct suture, direct suture plus xenograft).]

LAM Extra for General Practicioners

APRIL 20, 2012

[THE DIAGNOSTIC VALUE OF A GLASS OF SODA WATER IN CASE OF A CARDIAC SPACE-OCCUPYING LESION]

PÁLINKÁS Attila, CZAKÓ László, CSÁSZÁR Ildikó, NAGY Edit, SZABÓ Marianna

[INTRODUCTION - Large hiatal hernias may result in cardiac space-occupying lesions. Our case study discusses the clinical aspects and the possible diagnostic approaches for such large hiatal hernias that cause cardiac compression. CASE REPORT - In an elderly patient with no cardiovascular symptoms, transthoracic echocardiography revealed a left atrial space-occupying mass. The diagnosis regarding the origin of the cardial mass was clarified by a glass of soda water drunk by the patient during echocardiography, as it resulted in a decrease in the inhomogenous echodensity of the mass and the appearance of “contrast bubbles” within it. This phenomenon suggested the presence of a large hiatal hernia compressing the heart, which was confirmed by gastroscopy and upper gastrointestinal barium examination. CONCLUSION - Drinking soda water during transthoracic echocardiography can help to diagnose lesions that look like intracardial tumours.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

FEBRUARY 20, 2012

[The diagnostic value of a glass of soda water in case of a cardiac space-occupying lesion]

PÁLINKÁS Attila, CZAKÓ László, CSÁSZÁR Ildikó, NAGY Edit, SZABÓ Marianna

[INTRODUCTION - Large hiatal hernias may result in cardiac space-occupying lesions. Our case study discusses the clinical aspects and the possible diagnostic approaches for such large hiatal hernias that cause cardiac compression. CASE REPORT - In an elderly patient with no cardiovascular symptoms, transthoracic echocardiography revealed a left atrial space-occupying mass. The diagnosis regarding the origin of the cardial mass was clarified by a glass of soda water drunk by the patient during echocardiography, as it resulted in a decrease in the inhomogenous echodensity of the mass and the appearance of “contrast bubbles” within it. This phenomenon suggested the presence of a large hiatal hernia compressing the heart, which was confirmed by gastroscopy and upper gastrointestinal barium examination. CONCLUSION - Drinking soda water during transthoracic echocardiography can help to diagnose lesions that look like intracardial tumours.]

Hungarian Radiology

JUNE 20, 2003

[The diagnostics of paraoesophageal hiatal hernia]

TREXLER Ilona

[INTRODUCTION - The hiatal hernia is among the most common abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract. The position of the cardia in relation to the diaphragm determines the type of the hernia, wich is important in therapy planning. The type I. sliding hernia is the most common form. Only 5-10% is type II. paraesophageal and type III. mixed hernias, which may involve serious complication. The single contrast X-ray is the best method for demonstrating the type of hiatal hernias. PATIENTS, METHODS AND RESULTS - During a 3 year period the author was investigated 336 gastric cases. Hiatal hernia was found in 73 patients, six of the cases proved to be the rare II. and III. types. A case of paraoesophageal and five mixed type cases of hernia is briefly described. CONCLUSION - Despite of the wide spread use of endoscopy in diagnosis of hiatal hernia, the traditional gastric X-ray still remains an important diagnostic tool.]

Hungarian Radiology

DECEMBER 20, 2003

[Small bowel perforation due to blunt abdominal trauma in case of an inguinal hernia]

GION Katalin, SÉLEI Ágnes, CSÁSZÁR József, PALKÓ András

[INTRODUCTION - The injury of fixed bowel loops occurs more frequently due abdominal trauma. Authors review the CT signs of bowel injury in conjunction of the presented case. PATIENTS, METHODS - The inguinal hernia of the male patient was present for approximately 30 years prior the abdominal trauma. Due to the trauma the fixed small bowel loop became perforated. CT examination, beside using the conventional methods established the diagnosis of bowel wall perforation and the site of the perforation was localized before surgery. CONCLUSIONS - CT provied additional information compared to X-ray and US in the localization of the lesion due to the blunt abdominal trauma.]

Hungarian Radiology

APRIL 20, 2002

[Atypical diaphragmatic herniation causing bowel obstruction]

ERDŐSI Éva, MÉSZÁROS Anikó, GREXA Erzsébet

[INTRODUCTION - A 21-year-old woman presented with iatrogenic diaphragmatic hernia causing bowel obstruction. CASE REPORT - Plain abdominal X-ray and barium swallow examinations showed a diaphragmatic hernia causing partial gastric obstruction. Surgery confirmed the radiological diagnosis. The hernia was located atypically at the centre of the diaphragm. CONCLUSION - The cause of the hernia was probably related to a pyogenic necrosis due to subphrenic abscess after cholecystectomy performed 2 years earlier, treated by drainage and repeated surgical interventions.]

Hungarian Radiology

APRIL 20, 2002

[The incidence of Hirschsprung disease with associated congenital anomalies]

WEISENBACH János, KONDOR Ariella, KHEZRI Seddiq, VAJDA Péter

[INTRODUCTION - Several publisactions described the association of Hirschsprung disease with other congenital anomalies. Most studies were in relation with the neurological, ophthalmological and ear-nose-throat disorders. The authors did not find any publication in the Hungarian literature presented other anomalies in patients with Hirschsprung disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS - The data of 43 patients treated for Hirschsprung disease at the Department of Paediatrics of Pécs University was analysed. The most frequent associated anomalies e. g. Down syndrome, omphalocele, anorectal malformation, annular pancreas, torticollis, syndactylia, Meckel diverticulum, upper urinary tract disorder and undescendent testis were studied. The patients who had several congenital anomalies were evaluated separately as well as those having congenital inguinal hernia. The authors compared the number of congenital anomalies occurred in patients with Hirschsprung disease with the incidence of these congenital disorders occurred in non-Hirschsprung patients in the literature. RESULTS - Among 43 patients, 6 children had associated congenital anomalies. 3 patients had only one of the following disorders: undescendent testis, urinary tract duplication and Down syndrome. 3 patients suffered from multiplex congenital anomalies: 1. Down syndrome with annular pancreas and torticollis. 2. Omphalocele, anal atresia, vesicoureteric reflux and syndactylia. 3. Anus atresia, Meckel diverticulum and limb (radius) hypoplasia. In addition 3 patients had other anomalies such as unilateral and bilateral inguinal hernia and umbilical hernia. CONCLUSION - On the basis of our results we can state that the incidence of other associated congenital anomalies are higher in patients with Hirschsprung disease. Single organ developmental anomaly is rare, it usually occurs in association with multiorgan disorders. Most likely this is the explanation why patients with Hirschsprung disease have more associated anomalies.]